Monday, 15 June 2009

Bittersweet times...

As many of you know, dear Jude will be leaving us this week. She is expecting her first child in December of this year and will go back to the UK for the remainder of the pregnancy and the birth. Jude's plans are to come back to Vilanculos near the beginning of next year, though unfortunately as a full-time Mommy and not with African Impact.

As sad as we are to see Jude go, we are so excited for the new adventure of motherhood she is about to undertake. As you all know, Jude's dedication to and passion for children has been one of the driving forces behind the success and development of this amazing project. Esther and Nix will remain in Vilanculos and do our best to carry on the brilliant projects that Jude has done so much to develop and nurture.

So, as we fight through a heap of bittersweet emotions in trying to write this post, we want to wish Jude and her budding new family all the best of luck. She will be so missed but the hard work and passion she put into these projects will be evident to us every day as we continue on.

Thank you Jude!

Monday, 8 June 2009

Dia das Criancas

June 1 is National Children's Day here in Mozambique. It's so amazing to see a community come together and rally around its youth in an outpouring of support and praise.

To celebrate the day with our littlies at the preschool we put together an assembly for the parents of the school. Our amazing volunteers helped the kids put together a banner with the school's name and all the kiddies hand prints. They also put together special t-shirts for the special 10 star-students that were selected to represent the school in our little sing-along presentation.

The kids sang so well. A particular crowd favorite was the theme-song that Zelia, Deolinda, and Esperanca wrote about the preschool complete with dance moves and all!

New Classroom!!!

We are so happy and proud to announce that we’ve officially held our first lesson in the new classroom at school! A million thanks to the number of donors who contributed to the funding for the classroom.

We’re so relieved to know that rain or shine our kiddies will be able to have their lessons. The kids LOVE the new classroom and we’re so excited when we set the tables up in there for the first time!

Our current volunteers are working on a plan to paint the classroom's concrete wall. We're hoping to order blackboard paint from South Africa in order to turn almost the whole wall into a usable blackboard space!